Here, in SW Florida, all
summer is our rainy season. Our winter is your general summer
everywhere else. Preparing the pond and fish for the rain and
lightning storms is something to consider. Florida is the land
of sunshine, but it is also the land of lightning and thunder
storms. With heavy rains, flooding can release pond fish into
the water systems/environment, or worse, the street.
What I’ve learned is to
under-stock the pond, to prepare for power outages. When the
power goes out, with less fish, I don’t have to worry about
oxygen depletion. I also have access to a small generator, just
in case, to power the aeration system if not the entire filter
In addition to this, I
prepare for flooding by lowering the pond level below the
skimmer, turning off the skimmer at times, to prevent my having
to run outside in the rain. I don’t want my fish harmed, but I
would hate to be struck by lightning myself.
And then, I slow up on the
feeding, or stop entirely, so that when and if the power is out,
I am not hit with ammonia spikes.
My fish have gone through
one rainy season here with me so far, and no harm came to us. I
keep hydrogen peroxide on hand in case of extreme emergency, but
so far, have only had to soak my dog’s sore foot in it. Now,
snowbirds, see what you’re missing?
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